Periodontal disease is the technical name for gum disease, which might not sound so awful at first. At least, not until you think about how your gums are involved in your day to day life and what disease could do to your oral health and hygiene overall.
The signs of periodontal disease involve inflamed gums, and deep pockets in your gums and can even cause bone loss.
At The Art of Dentistry, we have various methods of treatment for periodontal disease. This usually involves a dentist cleaning out the pockets in your gums and keeping them from growing bacteria and harming your gums.
When your periodontal disease has not progressed too far, then you have a few more, less invasive, options. Some possible options for this type of treatment include:
- Antibiotics: These are important to use because they can help stave off infection as well. They may be required to fully clean the pockets and eradicate the disease.
- Root Planing: This is meant to help smooth roots to make it more difficult for bacteria or tartar to build upon a rough surface. It can help speed up healing as well because there will be fewer bacteria involving infection.
- Scaling: This is meant to help get rid of tartar buildup and bacteria as well. This occurs underneath the gums as well and usually involves special tools.
When periodontal disease is advanced, then surgical treatment may be necessary. This can include:
- Bone Grafting: If the bone around the root of your tooth has diminished then a bone graft is done to help fit your tooth where it is and keep it from getting looser.
- Pocket Reduction Surgery: Pulling back the flaps around your gums can make it easier to clean at the roots of your teeth.
- Soft Tissue Graft: Gumline recession is common for periodontal disease. Tissues you’re your mouth can be used to help heal your gums around your teeth in a graft.
- Tissue Regeneration: Special fabric is used to help keep out bacteria between your tooth and give room for the bone to heal.